San Francisco 49ers Hope to Avoid 20-Point Embarrassment as Chiefs’ Rematch Rekindles Super Bowl Low

Published 02/08/2024, 5:27 AM EST

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Only three days are left for Super Bowl LVIII. The NFL teams, the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, are preparing for their rematch on Sunday. But will the 49ers be able to avoid embarrassment this time? Will they be able to take successful revenge for their four-year-old wound?

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Last time, in 2020, when they met at the Super Bowl LIV, the Chiefs won that game with an 11-point lead at Hard Rock Stadium. Now, destiny has again brought the two teams against each other. The Chiefs and the 49ers are set for their Super Bowl rematch on February 11 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas at 6:30 p.m. ET. But will the 49ers be able to save themselves from the 20-point embarrassment?

What is the embarrassment that the 49ers are trying to prevent this time?

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In their Super Bowl history, San Francisco has appeared seven times, securing victories five times and experiencing consecutive losses twice — once against the Chiefs and another against the Ravens. The 49ers scored 20 points over their 31 in the 2020 Super Bowl.

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This 20-point score loss of the Niners marked their lowest point deficit in any Super Bowl game. With the upcoming Super Bowl being viewed as a rematch, there is an opportunity for the Niners to surpass this lowest 20-point score and defeat the AFC champions, taking revenge for 2020.

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In their six games, the 49ers lost to the Ravens 31-34, won over the Chargers 49-26, the Broncos 55-10, the Bengals 20-16, and the Dolphins 38-16, and again won over the Bengals 26-21. So, they scored the lowest against the Chiefs in their Super Bowl history.

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And therefore, they will look forward to overcoming this embarrassment, but will they be able to?

The Chiefs will not be easy for the 49ers

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The Chiefs’ defense this season arguably has done a tremendous job in saving points. Therefore, for the 49ers to win the game, some early points in the pocket could help. Luckily, the 49ers might get an advantage by getting their offense early on the field if they win the coin toss. But then they will be facing arguably one of the best defenses of this season, the Chiefs. The Red squad’s defensive linemen showed prowess when they held Lamar Jackson to 10 points in the AFC championship game and Tua Tagovailoa to only 7 in the wildcard round.

In those games, strong players like Jackson and Zay Flowers from the Ravens and Tua and Tyreek Hill from the Dolphins couldn’t secure more points for the team, as they could not pass the ball efficiently. The Chiefs’ total defense ranked second this season with a 289.8 defense average per yard after the Browns (270.2), and the 49ers’ defense ranks eighth with a 303.9 average per yard.

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However, the good news is that the 49ers’ offense ranks second-best in the NFL, racking up 398.4 total yards per game. This might turn the tide for them when facing the Chiefs’ second-best defense in the league.

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Bhwya Sriya

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